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Pokémon Direct Summary

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The recently finished Pokémon Direct gave some great new information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, as well as shedding some light on a new service being launched alongside the two games called Pokémon Bank.

New Pokémon?

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Eagle-eyed fans have spotted that a new Pokémon makes a very brief appearance in the Direct broadcast. There’s no further information on the Pokémon. But we’ll bring updates when they arrive!

Pokémon Bank

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This service will allow players to store their Pokémon online in a central place and will work across different copies of Pokémon X & Y. There will be an annual fee, but Pokémon Bank will be able to hold up to 3,000 Pokémon and is accessible anywhere you have a 3DS compatible internet connection.

Sorting and moving Pokémon has been made easy with search tools which allow players to look for Pokémon of a certain type or sort them by different criteria.

Mega Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise

Mega Venusaur

“When Venusaur becomes Mega Venusaur, the flower on the Pokémon’s back blooms even more fantastically than before. Its legs and frame become more sturdy to support the weight of the huge flower.”

Mega Venusaur’s type remains the same, but its ability becomes Thick Fat which reduces damage from TWO of its weaknesses: Fire-type & Ice-type attacks. The Mega Evolution also grants it increased Defense and Special Defense.

Mega Charizard

 “When Charizard becomes Mega Charizard, its pointed horns and long tail give the Pokémon a look of sleek sharpness. Mega Charizard is in a league of its own when it comes to flying prowess, able to reach incredible heights.”

Mega Charizard also retains its original Fire/Flying typing (sorry to those of you who wanted Fire/Dragon!), but does get an exciting new ability: Drought!  Perfect for Sunny Day teams! The official site has confirmed that it has improved Special Attack.

Mega Blastoise

“The two rocket launchers on Blastoise’s shoulders turn into a single huge cannon when it Mega Evolves into Mega Blastoise. This cannon boasts a blast range so great that it can strike targets more than six miles away!”

Mega Blastoise, like the rest, retains its Water typing, but gains a new ability introduced in Generation VI: Mega Launcher. This ability raises the power of “pulse” type moves, such as Water Pulse and Dark Pulse.

Pokémon X & Y Special Edition 3DS XLs

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For North American and European Pokémon fans, the two exclusive X & Y-themed 3DS XL models have been announced for sale outside of Japan. They come in a blue or red edition to correlate with the games.


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Paul studied journalism just to write better articles about Pokémon. He still resides in Tokyo, Japan.